Applied Behavior Analysis (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate)

Applied behavior analysis is a scientifically valid, systematic approach to behavior change that examines the variables that reliably influence socially important behaviors. Students interested in this post-baccalaureate certificate must hold a bachelor's degree in a related field.

Behavior analysis is used wherever people are interested in behavior change: consumer marketing, rehabilitation clinics, schools, prisons and athletic coaching.

Our course sequence, approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, is designed for students who are seeking to become a board-certified assistant applied behavior analyst. Some students who have completed the coursework are in graduate schools studying family therapy, industrial/organizational psychology and child development.

Behavior analysis is the only empirically validated therapy method for people with autism, and professional opportunities in that area are encouraging. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board specifies that an assistant applied behavior analyst with appropriate training can design, implement and interpret the results of behavioral interventions for clients. Working with a board-certified behavior analyst, an assistant applied behavior analyst can also teach paraprofessionals to carry out interventions.

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Required Courses

Students completing the post-baccalaureate certificate in applied behavior analysis take a minimum of four courses (12-15 credits).

  • PSY210: Applied Behavior Analysis I
  • PSY320: Psychology of Learning and Behavior
  • PSY410: Applied Behavior Analysis II
  • PSY420: Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum (may be waived with 1,000 hours supervised by a nationally certified behavior analyst)

Students who want to become a board-certified assistant applied behavior analyst must hold a bachelor's degree in a related field, complete the required coursework, complete an intensive practicum experience and successfully complete the national certification exam.

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